More than 1,100 athletes from all over province began arriving in Terrace this morning shortly before noon. A series of chartered planes carrying athletes, coaches and officials have been touching down at the Terrace-Kitimat Regional morning for most of the day.
A detailed busing schedule has seen this huge number of people moving between the airport and the accreditation centre at Skeena Junior Secondary where hundreds of volunteers are working until the wee hours of the morning welcoming athletes and getting them checked in before competition gets under way on Friday.
"Everything is running smoothly so far," says President Peter Weeber. "There are droves of volunteers working hard today making all of this happen . it's really exciting to see it all coming together."
At last count more than 1,800 people have volunteered for the Games. Friendly volunteer faces are working at the airport, on buses, at the food service area, in the accreditation centre, accommodation sites and security stations.
"Terrace is really bustling, you can already see groups of athletes and visitors enjoying the beautiful sunshine, walking downtown, shopping and visiting restaurants and coffee shops," says Weeber.
"Already we're seeing that economic impact on our community and we know everyone in Terrace is putting their best foot forward to make all our visitors feel welcome."
Thursday is a practice day for most athletes and competition gets under way on Friday. For sports schedules visit www.terrace2010bcwintergames.org
and click on "The Games" tab. Results of the competitions will posted at this same location once competition gets under way.
Arriving at the accreditation centre at Skeena Junior Secondary - Photo by Saz Communications
Two of our hosts - those awesome volunteers that greet our athletes and participants and are pretty distinctive in their red and blue uniforms! - Photo by Saz Communications